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iGem Presentation

To start an iGem team at UDel, we are looking for interested students and faculty. We are hosting a presentation all about iGEM on October 25th at 4:30 PM in DBI 102. More information about the competition can be found at www.igem.org. For any questions about iGEM at UDel, please email Sam Keating at namesake@udel.edu

Abstract
iGEM stands for the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, which aims to advance the field of synthetic biology. There are currently close to 300 universities that compete with interdisciplinary teams working inside the lab and doing computational analysis. University of Delaware does not currently have an iGEM team, but I have worked closely with an iGEM team for several years at UMBC as an undergraduate. We designed a project for heavy metal remediation using engineered E. coli and won a bronze medal. Our data went towards a mathematical model that can predict optimal enzyme concentrations to be engineered into a new cell line to give the most copper resistance.

iGEM teams have carried out a wide array of projects including aptamer discovery, CRISPR/Cas9 site optimization, 3D biofilm printers, and new transformation methods. The timeline for an iGEM team focuses on spending the most time in the lab during the summer. Registration for university teams happens around April and gene libraries are mailed out shortly after. Planning and computational predictions start when the team starts meeting early in the calendar year and continue throughout the summer leading up to the conference and competition around October.